A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and spirit, so the saying goes.
However, the lure for fast food, especially among children and teenagers, has increased in modern times. Examples include pizza, hamburgers, noodles, fries, and carbonated drinks.
However, it is common knowledge that frequent consumption of junk food can satisfy one's palate without doing much good for their health.
Studies and research have revealed that eating junk food devoid of nutrition over time can cause:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Kidney stones
- Fatty liver disease
- Heart conditions
- Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Acute gastroenteritis
- Acute viral hepatitis
- Vitamins and nutrient deficiency
In September 2022, DJJS Aarogya conducted three awareness workshops at Chakan, Maharashtra with participants ranging from youngsters to adults, considering the negative impacts of junk food consumption and its ever-increasing demand in the market.
The workshop was designed to educate attendees about the nutritional deficiencies in junk food and how they affect a person's body. It covered a variety of nutritious alternatives to junk food as well as how making small lifestyle changes can keep participants active and reduce their risk of illness. The workshop benefitted about 341 individuals who were enthusiastic about changing their habits for good.